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Music Review: Story Of OJ by Wiz Kid The Weirdo - Hip Hop - Georgia, USA | SRL Reviews


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HIP HOP REVIEWS

09-03-2020 07:04 GMT


Music Reviews (March 2020) - Discover the best emerging, underground & upcoming Hip Hop artists, bands & labels with reviews of the latest songs, albums & mixtapes, music videos, music playlists, live events/gigs, concerts/tours, & other entertainment from your favorite indie Hip Hop performers & entertainers daily on SRL Music Reviews.
Music by indie artist, Wiz Kid The Weirdo on Spotify | Distrokid


Wiz Kid The Weirdo
"Story Of OJ"
Hip Hop


How was your day?

How was it?

Was it fun? Was it exciting? Did you meet anyone new? Or an old friend you’d been hoping to run into? Maybe an old lover or your high school sweetheart? Did you remember to live a little bit and have a little fun in your life? Well if you didn’t, make sure to do so tomorrow. And here’s an exciting song that will kiss you hip hop collection better and make it feel like it has something to live for once again, because obviously you probably haven’t heard any good hip hop today either, at least not from this decade.

Grab a chair, throw your headphones on or turn your speaker volume to something moderately loud, hit the play button and let’s take it from there …

Listening to this song for the first time was like getting pulled over by the cops late at night in a bad neighbourhood after one too many drinks, with a pound of weed and a pistol in the glove compartment; and then being advised by a friendly officer to be careful on the road ahead because one of the traffic lights is out - Phew!

 (hypothetically speaking of course, wink wink)  

You'll feel a sense of release and warmth inside so strong it'll make you want to cry.

PS: OJ’s other glove was in there.


Explicit.

Music Review: Coulda But Didn't by Mal V Moo - R&B - Ohio, USA | SRL Reviews


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R&B REVIEWS

08-03-2020 17:25 GMT


Music Reviews (March 2020) - Discover the best emerging, underground & upcoming R&B artists, bands & labels with reviews of the latest songs, albums & mixtapes, music videos, music playlists, live events/gigs, concerts/tours, & other entertainment from your favorite indie R&B performers & entertainers daily on SRL Music Reviews.
Music by indie artist, Mal V Moo on Spotify | Apple Music


Mal V Moo
"Coulda But Didn't"
R&B


A well deserved thumbs up (not the Facebook type)

[Disclaimer: this music review was written by a couple of no good hip hop heads whose favorite hip hop music playlist has only one song in it. The song is titled “Suicidal Thoughts” by the Nototious B.I.G. Listen to it here if you are unfamiliar with it before proceeding any further; or proceed all willy-nilly at your own risk [Listen]. The song is explicit and holds nothing back, so if you can stomach that then you are ready to read further. If you can’t, just hit the play button and listen to the ensuing song, it's the stuff gospel music dreams are made of. You’ve never heard a gospel song like this and you’ll love it so much you’ll thank yourself for discovering it and come back here everyday to look for more like it. Sure, we the strict and thorough editorial team could have pulled this review and sent a warning to those two knuckle heads for being so blunt and offensive, but for the sake of freedom of speech and keeping artistic integrity alive, we decided to publish it - sorry if you hate it.]

Who is this God, and where can he be found?

For many visitors to this blue and exciting planet we call Earth, the above is one of the first and often most important questions, and sadly one that is followed by more words than an encyclopaedia but less answers than a politician. Will we ever find him? Well, of course not - don't ask how we know, we just do.

Sadly, this song won’t answer your questions but it will do well to lead you down a yellow brick road of faith, hope and unconditional love inside yourself, much like the Bible – or as we call it here – the only book that has been touched by more hookers than Charlie Sheen’s penis. Okay so maybe Mary Magdalene wasn’t a repentant hooker, and maybe she didn’t have drugs so good you’d survive a crucifixion, but we all know what groupies like to do more than anything else when they meet their idols – oops! let’s leave it at that, we’ve said too much.

So back to the song. By now you should have already gathered that we at the SRL Reviews room only review the best songs by indie artists. We don’t waste time trying to tell our readers how bad what some unfortunate artists spent so much time, money, lack of sleep, and even pounds of drugs sometimes, creating; we only focus on the good stuff. So yes, of course this song is amazing and will make you feel a keen sense of satisfaction and fulfilment after listening to it - not like many of the ones you hear on MTV nowadays.

“But why?” You may ask, why is it such a great gospel song? And here is why – it’s a gospel song that, well, doesn’t sound so gospel-ly. It’s not one of those songs that screams out “go to church every single Sunday, or go to hell!”, or “stop f*cking so much… or go to hell”; "stop smoking all that good weed... or..."; it’s a fairly simple song with lyrics of a gospel nature and the sound of an R&B club hit. To cut a long story short, it’s one of those records you could potentially find out is a gospel record while you are notoriously and enthusiastically grinding, humping and air spanking late at night in the club.

Music Review: Rise by Megan Mcduffee - Synthpop - California, USA | SRL Reviews


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SYNTHPOP REVIEWS

08-03-2020 03:50 GMT


Music Reviews (March 2020) - Discover the best emerging, underground & upcoming Instrumental artists, bands & labels with reviews of the latest songs, albums & mixtapes, music videos, music playlists, live events/gigs, concerts/tours, & other entertainment from your favorite indie Instrumental performers & entertainers daily on SRL Music Reviews.
Music by indie artist, Megan Mcduffee on | Spotify | YouTube


Megan Mcduffee, Mister The Kid
"Rise"
Synthpop


Inside your fantasies

Drifting and ethereal

Will give you chills

So ‘90s yet ever so futuristic, as is the case with most if not all Megan McDuffee’s songs. This one's a collaboration with independent synthwave music producer, Mister The Kid.

Take a side step from reality and throw your hair around like it’s 1999. Feel-good vibe with a very European feel. The good thing about records like this is they never get old. They don’t necessarily set trends yet they excel without following any at all. It’s almost as if the song takes you to a quiet place and whispers sweet nothings into you ears. It has a very intimate, one on one feel that reeks of desire and fantasy in equal proportions. Don't worry, it’s not pushy or clingy – it won’t buy you a drink and then follow you around the club all night, but it’ll flirt with you from afar and lure you closer and closer till you surrender yourself and let go completely. 

Music Review: Blowing Oz by Ez The Lyrical Skitzo - Hip Hop - Pennsylvania, USA | SRL Reviews


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HIP HOP REVIEWS

07-03-2020 22:13 GMT


Music Reviews (March 2020) - Discover the best emerging, underground & upcoming Hip Hop artists, bands & labels with reviews of the latest songs, albums & mixtapes, music videos, music playlists, live events/gigs, concerts/tours, & other entertainment from your favorite indie Hip Hop performers & entertainers daily on SRL Music Reviews.
Music by indie artist, Ez The Lyrical Skitzo on |


Ez The Lyrical Skitzo
"Blowing OZ"
Hip Hop


Masterful and laid-back – almost chilled

He fakes, he jumps, he shoots! That’s the order of the day when you are listening to or preparing to listen to an Ez Lyrical Skitzo record. There’s no telling what to expect, the only thing that’s guaranteed is that it’s not going to be what you expected. His style will make you go nuts every single time and if Lil’ Wayne ever stepped his game up and stopped crying on every single record then he’ll probably sound like this too. Released in the later part of 2019, the record is poised to be a 2020 hit and a blueprint for what rappers can do if they just do what they do, instead of being such needy crowd pleasers all the damn time.

Explicit.

Music Review: Heal by Amycanbe - Alternative Rock - Revenna, Italy | SRL Reviews


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ALTERNATIVE ROCK REVIEWS

07-03-2020 14:36 GMT


Music Reviews (March 2020) - Discover the best emerging, underground & upcoming Alternative Rock artists, bands & labels with reviews of the latest songs, albums & mixtapes, music videos, music playlists, live events/gigs, concerts/tours, & other entertainment from your favorite indie Alternative Rock performers & entertainers daily on SRL Music Reviews.
Music by indie artist, Amycanbe on Spotify | Bandcamp


Amycanbe
"Heal"
Alternative Rock


Mazel tov!

So good you won't know what to do with it, or rather what not to do.

Sadly, it won't work for Coronavirus.


Featured on Italian independent rock band, Amycanbe’s critically acclaimed 2007 album, “Being A Grown-Up Sure Is Complicated”, “Heal”, like many of the sensational indie band’s tracks, is a track that will sweep you off your feet and take you to a vulnerable place the minute you hit the play button. It will leave you weak at the knees and then steal your heart like the lady of your dreams – but unlike the lady of your dreams, it won’t break your heart and leave you feeling worthless and cheap. If you’ve never felt so good you felt like you could jump off a bridge without a care in the world or consequences, then stay away from this record - or at least keep a helmet nearby and some Paracetamol. In fact if they had digital music players and Ear Pods back in the day, around 27 AD, this song would have been the prime suspect for Jesus getting up on a mountain and finding it hard to resist jumping – not some really good magic mushrooms, or err.. "the devil". This is one of those songs that’s so good no hype would suffice. It’s not a needy hit record whose only aim is to razzle and dazzle you, and take your breath away, but it does exactly that. The lowkey attitude of the record is what makes it so good and is what makes the band one of the most highly revered indie bands of all time. So there will be no hype, there will be no telling you that this is probably going to be the best song you’ve ever heard your entire life, or that you’ll never hear anything this good even when you are on your death bed and the angels are playing their very best melodies and flashing all their goodies to seduce you to come back home to wherever you came from. No, we won’t be telling you that the minute you hit the play button even your Michael Jackson records will mean very little to you, even after the Universal Music warehouse fires that could mean it is now worth over a million bucks to someone somewhere for being one of the copies from the original masters, not issues from some random backups some sneaky producer somewhere had lying around in his or her studio. And on a side note since we are on the subject, who's bright idea was it to store backup copies and originals in the same place? Isn’t that a redundant act to say the very least? At least now they know. So there you go – the best song you’ll ever hear in this lifetime, and no hype at all. Enjoy! And may every single one of your dreams come true tonight.

Music Review: Rumors by Coolidge - Hip Hop - Mississippi, USA | SRL Reviews


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HIP HOP REVIEWS

26-02-2020 18:56 GMT


Music Reviews (February 2020) - Discover the best emerging, underground & upcoming Hip Hop artists, bands & labels with reviews of the latest songs, albums & mixtapes, music videos, music playlists, live events/gigs, concerts/tours, & other entertainment from your favorite indie Hip Hop performers & entertainers daily on SRL Music Reviews.
Music by indie artist, Coolidge on Apple Music | Soundcloud


Coolidge
"Rumors"
Hip Hop


Lies, all lies!

Play this song when you feel like the whole world has turned against you, and rest assured the truth will prevail and shame them all - those no good bastards!


Rumor has it that self-made Mississippi underground rap star, Drevo Coolidge is sick of Mississippi and is ready to leave … but this song is not about that. In fact this song isn’t even about Coolidge. It’s a hot new rap song by a hot new artist called SainT JusTe, which Coolidge featured on and did a really good job turning from a really good track to a hot record that is poised to be a 2020 hit.

Explicit.

Music Review: Feelings by Big Money Brezzy - Hip Hop - Texas, USA | SRL Reviews


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HIP HOP REVIEWS

26-02-2020 18:34 GMT


Music Reviews (February 2020) - Discover the best emerging, underground & upcoming Hip Hop artists, bands & labels with reviews of the latest songs, albums & mixtapes, music videos, music playlists, live events/gigs, concerts/tours, & other entertainment from your favorite indie Hip Hop performers & entertainers daily on SRL Music Reviews.
Music by indie artist, Big Money Brezzy on |


Big Money Brezzy
"Feelings"
Hip Hop


So sentimental - but not soppy. MTV, take notes

Is it possible to make a sweet rap song without sounding feeble and sweet, and ending up with a music video with so much pink Lil Nas X would get his cock out for it? Well this song answers that question, finally.

Sitting comfortably in track position number 1 of Spotify’s very own compilation of Texas, US underground rap star, Big Money Brezzy’s top fan favorites of all time, “Feelings” is a track that really gives listeners a feel of what this Austin, Texas underground hip hop sensation is really all about, with a fresh new vocal performance style and a little extra added flavor - it's versatility in all its glory. This has such a cool bounce and groove to it.

Explicit.

Music Review: Dark by Saachi Sen - Pop - London, UK | SRL Reviews


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POP REVIEWS

26-02-2020 18:00 GMT


Music Reviews (February 2020) - Discover the best emerging, underground & upcoming Pop artists, bands & labels with reviews of the latest songs, albums & mixtapes, music videos, music playlists, live events/gigs, concerts/tours, & other entertainment from your favorite indie Pop performers & entertainers daily on SRL Music Reviews.
Music by indie artist, Saachi Sen on Spotify | YouTube


Saachi Sen
"Dark"
Pop


Exquisite!

Good pop


“Dark” is the latest release by London’s sweetheart Saachi Sen. Saachi made her debut with the release of “Heal” back in 2012 when she was still fresh out of high school and heading for university. She quickly gained the attention of the Capital’s most discerning live music venues and booking agents, and was able to secure a good number of gigs in and around the South East, where she became a sensation. Saachi is now gaining widespread recognition across the UK and performing at some of the most prestigious venues and festivals. The new record is evidence of her growth artistically over the years, and is one of those records that is so masterful yet so low-key that you'd think to yourself, “hey, how haven’t I heard this before?” It’s one of those songs that doesn’t beg for your attention but gains every shred of it just for that mere fact. If you go on the iTunes store to download it you’ll probably find it under “pop”, but this is bigger than pop in every way and in fact the label is more of an insult to the track than anything else – maybe adult contemporary or something that still has a little bit of dignity. We love pop music but there’s only so much "pink, pink, pink, everything pink - happy, happy, happy, everyone hates me - I hate everything but I love big butts" a music lover can take at some point before starting to crave something that actually makes sense. This is a really powerful song with passion, conviction, and it’s much bigger and louder vocally and production-wise than anything we’ve ever heard from the London singer songwriter. It’s poised to do well in both indie and mainstream circles.

Music Review: Synth Siren by Megan Mcduffee - Synthpop - California, USA | SRL Reviews


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SYNTHPOP REVIEWS

26-02-2020 17:35 GMT


Music Reviews (February 2020) - Discover the best emerging, underground & upcoming Synthpop artists, bands & labels with reviews of the latest songs, albums & mixtapes, music videos, music playlists, live events/gigs, concerts/tours, & other entertainment from your favorite indie Synthpop performers & entertainers daily on SRL Music Reviews.
Music by indie artist, Megan Mcduffee on Spotify |


Megan Mcduffee
"Synth Siren"
Synthpop


So hot

This one’s for all the rapidly growing crowd of insatiable fans under a very heavy spell cast by a lady who knows her way around the music scales like Stevie Wonder on crack - okay maybe not crack, just on a really good day. Classically trained and more resourceful than ghetto mice, Megan McDuffee has shown the world what happens when education, passion and immense talent come together – and it’s really alluring. Sure, we all thought we had probably seen or heard it before in some form or the other, but when Megan made her debut she made it look so easy, selling out every record before its official release date and eventually topping Bandcamp’s Best Sellers list. Megan has hardly gone a month or two without releasing a solo or collaborative project, so her repertoire has grown pretty quickly. “Synth Siren” is a playlist that was created to help fans keep up. It features every single one of her records as well as records she has featured on, and is updated with every new release.

Music Review: Tik Tok by Big Money Brezzy - Hip Hop - Texas, USA | SRL Reviews


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HIP HOP REVIEWS

26-02-2020 17:05 GMT




Big Money Brezzy
"Tik Tok"
Hip Hop


Unapologetic

This record is for those times in your life when you look yourself in the eye and think to yourself, “damn I’m amazing”. For the moments when you’ve outdone yourself and not only do you feel superhuman and out-of-this-world, you admire yourself as if you were someone else entirely. It’s for those moments in life when life is good and it’s all thanks to you. But this isn’t one of those cocky records where a rapper with a humongous ego and 10 too many chains just walks up to the microphone and says “I’m the shit... you’re just shit”, and walks off like he made a hit record; it’s a masterfully performed record that says all that without sounding arrogant, as impossible as that may seem. It’s playful, it’s exciting, it’s even rude and insulting, but somehow, it’s not like any of those songs you hear on MTV where the high point of the song involves someone giving you the finger before proceeding to bury their head in-between someone’s doodie hole covers.

Explicit.